Physical Description: Strong,
sturdy frame. Thick lower half. Looks the part. Minimal
Hit: Starts open
with his hands high. High leg kick. Long, uppercut swing. Has
some bat speed. Very rudimentary approach. Struggles recognizing
secondary pitches, especially breaking balls. Will extend out of
zone, a lot of swing-and-miss in his game. Can turn on fastballs
in. Potential below-average hit tool.
Plus raw power. More power to pull side at present. When he
squares the ball up, it goes a long way. Power comes from
combination of strength and bat speed.
Below-average speed. Not a major part of his game.
footwork, comfortable charging the ball. Has confidence in his
defensive ability, willing to make the barehanded play and throw
on the run. Good footwork, hands work. Won't be a flashy
defender, but as long as he doesn’t get too much bigger, could
develop into an average defender.
Above-average arm strength.
Career Notes: Rawlings
First-Team All-American in high school. Top 50 prospect in the
2018 draft. Was committed to Vanderbilt. Had a low-90s fastball
and hard slider that made him a prospect on the mound as well as
at third. Signed for significantly over slot, but still less
than some teams thought he would need to sign. Participated in
the Fall Instructional League in 2018.
Has everyday potential, but a long way to go developmentally. In
order to reach potential, will have to make significant strides
with his approach. Needs to learn to use all fields and improve
pitch recognition. Will always have swing-and-miss in game, but
will need to keep it at a manageable level in order to reach
ceiling. Bat profiles better at third base than at first base.
Long-term defensive home will depend on how he develops
physically and maintains athleticism.
Spring Training Video of Nick Northcut (3.23.19)